We take pride in presenting an exceptional Tetsubin, distinct from those crafted by Oitomi. This masterpiece has been meticulously forged by Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), an esteemed traditional craftsman hailing from Shokado. Notably, his workshop is located in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, echoing our own locale.
The esteemed title of "traditional craftsman" carries official recognition from the Japanese government, signifying individuals who uphold and master advanced techniques and skills. Within the realm of Nambu Ironware, a select few bear this distinction, and Shingo Kikuchi stands among their ranks.
Nambu ironware takes shape through two distinct methodologies: Nama-gata, which utilizes sand molds, and Yaki-gata, involving molds fashioned through the baking of clay. The Tetsubin in question is born from the Yaki-gata method, resulting in the creation of a mere handful of pieces from a single mold. This rarity contributes to its profound uniqueness.
Reflecting the quintessential Nambu style, this Tetsubin features the early standard figure of the Nambu Tetsubin cast iron kettle.
The uneven surface and fixed handle evoke the spirit of "sabi," an inherently Japanese aesthetic rooted in the tea ceremony, symbolizing an appreciation for the beauty that emerges through the passage of time.
A motif of pine needles gracefully adorns the body, their significance deeply embedded in Japanese culture. Representing longevity and good fortune, the interconnectedness of two pine leaves even when they fall is emblematic of enduring unity. This rendering makes it a splendid choice for occasions like wedding anniversaries. The pine cone design atop the lid knob harmonizes with this motif.
Within, a technique known as kama-yaki imparts an oxidized film to the interior, with no paint employed.
While this Tetsubin may bear a higher price than its counterparts, its distinction stems from the Yaki-gata method, its bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personal inscription of the traditional craftsman, "南部真吾" (Nambu−Shingo). Through these qualities, this special Tetsubin stands as your steadfast companion throughout life.
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Furthermore, we kindly advise that due to the handmade nature of each item, subtle differences may exist between the actual product and the photographs provided.
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